Sunday, 21 August 2011

Update

Hey guys! This is just a quick update letting you know a couple of things: firsty, I'm currently out of the country (hense the lack of posts on my blog) and secondly, I'll be back in one week's time and so you can expect a post then :) please don't think I've forgotten about blogging! I'll also upload a selection of pictures from my holiday (I'm currently in Germany)

See you soon xx

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Study shows that Internet Explorer users have a lower IQ than users of other browsers

Sorry for posting twice in the same hour but I just read this and felt the need to share it with you guys...



A company called AptiQuant today shared the results of a recent survey they had done where they gave over 100,000 web surfers a free online IQ test and plotted their scored against the browser they were using. So why are Internet Explorer users outraged? Well, it's probably because their IQs averaged at around 80, whereas, users of browsers such as Chrome and Safari averaged at around 100 and users of Opera and Camino averaged at over 120! The company then commented on the results saying: 


What it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer.


 And if that wasn't bad enough, a professor at Cambridge University then said:


"They've got IE6 users with an IQ of around eighty. That's borderline deficient, marginally able to cope with the adult world."

Ouch! 


IE supporters have threatened AptiQuant with legal action but the company's CEO, Leonard Howard stated:


 "A win in a court would only give a stamp of approval and more credibility to our report."


This is one court case I'd love to see!  


Obviously we're not saying that all IE users are stupid, the same way we're not saying all Opera users are geniuses, but what do you think about the matter? Let me know in the comments below. :) 

One in four 11-year-olds "fail in the basics"

A report has come out today revealing that around 25% of 11-year-olds had failed to achieve the expected standards in basic skills such as reading, writing and maths. 



Level 4 is the standard expected from this age group. 81% of pupils received a "level 4" for their English exams (made up of reading and writing tests) and 80% got it for maths. Level 5 is one above the standard (and is really what we're aiming for), however, only 13% of pupils managed to get a "level 5" for both maths and English.


Around 7% of pupils only managed to reach the level expected of 7-year-olds and a further 6% of pupils only reached a "level 2" in English. 5% of 11-year-olds reached "level 2" or lower in maths.


Let's face it, if you are 11 and are struggling to cope with the work aimed at 7-year-olds, then there is a problem! 




I was online this morning and watching a video from a well-known YouTuber called Josh Sundquist - he's also a best-selling author for his book "Just Don't Fall" which features events from his childhood. Josh posts videos where he reads chapters of his book. This morning, after watching the video, I read though the comments and one of them read: 


these are great im only 12 i h8 books but for some reason i really wan't to read yours

That is tragic, isn't it? You're 12 and can't even spell the word "want"...  You shouldn't be on YouTube, you should be at summer school, learning how to read and write.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. :)

Monday, 1 August 2011

Amy Winehouse's dad wants to help others with substance addiction


It's been a week since the funeral of Amy Winehouse. The singer/songwriter was known to have drug addictions and now her family want to set up rehab centers to try to help other young people who also suffer from substance addiction. Mitch Winehouse (Amy's father) today met with MPs to discuss his plans to make rehab canters for those who can't afford private rehab. Sky News reports that Mitch told government officals:

"This isn't only important to me, this is important to our whole country. There's hundreds of thousands of young people in situations today that could be avoided.  I spoke to the commons select committee once more about this stuff, and I think there's a new emphasis and new thinking within the government to try and get treatment in at the sharp-end. Rather than money being wasted through the criminal justice system, there could be a reallocation of funds – we're not even talking about any new money. There was one rehab centre for juveniles in Middlegate [in Lincolnshire] and it's just shut down because of lack of funding, so we need to look at that. This isn't about Amy – we were in the fortunate position of being able to fund Amy to go into private rehab, this is about people who can't afford it."

It's lovely that Amy's family want to help other people and try to prevent them from experiencing the sadness of losing a son/daughter. Mitch Winehouse was right when he said that this is "important to our whole country" - every little helps when it comes to fighting addiction - it's just such a shame that it was too late for Amy. :(